- Published on 11 October 2017
Government has so far paid close to $400 million to farmers after they delivered 1,1 million tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board.
This comes after Treasury upped weekly disbursements to GMB to about $40 million to farmers every week to boost farmers’ preparations for the 2017/2018 summer cropping season. Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development (Crop production) Deputy Minister Davis Marapira said farmers have so far delivered over 1,1 million tonnes of maize to GMB with most of them having received their money through their bank accounts and some through mobile payment platforms. Deputy Minister Marapira said GMB has extended its payment to soya beans and other small grain crops like sorghum, rapoko, cowpeas, sunflower and groundnuts. The small grain farmers and soyabean farmers have been paid around $18 million and $15 million. Deputy Minister Marapira is lobbying for more farmers and concerns to help in localised production to save the much needed foreign currency and increase productivity. (Herald)